I have an electric water heater that is constantly tripping its reset breaker.
Its a standard electric unit, probably 50-60gal and approx 10 to 12 years old.
so far I have replaced both upper and lower heating elements and the upper thermostat unit.
only thing left is the lower (more simple) thermostat but I wanted an experts opinion before I kept throwing more money at it.
the problem goes like this: after I reset the breaker button (on the t-stat), the heater will work correctly for as much as 1.5 to 2 days. then I'll notice no hot water and check the button and its tripped again. After each part replacement it seemed to have done a little better (maybe 3 or 4 days between reset). but that may actually be just a perception on my part.
short of replacing the entire unit....should I go ahead and try the last piece / the lower t-stat?
what's the logic behind what's going on here....and my fear is, I'll buy a new unit and it'll react the same way.